Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, written ''ER'' to make the poster read "Meaner'' during his press conference on the Senate Republicans' health care bill with Sen. Patty Murray, and Sen. Ron Wyden, in the Capitol on June 22, 2017.

Without changes, Senate health care bill must be rejected

on June 23, 2017, at 5:48 a.m.
The measure of the Senate bill isn’t whether it is better than the House Republican version. It is whether it is better than the Affordable Care Act it would replace. It fails this test.
On June 14, 2017, Gov. Paul LePage signed a bill into law to allow a panel to better understand the reasons behind infant deaths in Maine.

Now the important work can begin to cut the number of Maine’s infant deaths

on June 22, 2017, at 11:59 a.m.
It’s rare to find Gov. Paul LePage, the Maine Legislature and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services all on the same page. But that’s exactly what happened recently when LePage signed a bill into law — supported wholeheartedly by DHHS and lawmakers — to allow a panel to better understand the reasons behind infant deaths in Maine.
A sign from the annual Bangor pride parade in June 2016.

Ryan O’Callaghan’s story shines light on cruelty of anti-LGBT laws

on June 21, 2017, at 11:46 a.m.
Cruel initiatives meant to dehumanize LGBT Americans, to intensify their self doubt and drive them back into the closet, are morally reprehensible — and they can have deadly consequences. They should have no place in America.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, speaks about the American Health Care Act, the Republican replacement to Obamacare, at the Republican National Committee in Washington, U.S., March 8, 2017.

Uncertainty, not the Affordable Care Act, is driving up insurance rates

on June 20, 2017, at 12:59 p.m.
Republicans, including President Donald Trump, are working overtime to kill the Affordable Care Act. Not just in Congress but also in the real world, where insurance companies are raising rates and slowly leaving the ACA. They aren’t raising rates or abandoning the ACA because it is unworkable or “a disaster,” as the president calls it.
Senate President Mike Thibodeau, House Speaker Sara Gideon and Gov. Paul LePage.

Let’s be clear: Eliminating Maine’s education surtax is a tax cut for the wealthy

on June 19, 2017, at 2:10 p.m.
The 3 percent surtax, on annual income above $200,000, was approved by voters in November as a means of increasing state funding of K-12 education. It is state law.
If you’ve been on the internet in the past couple of days, you’ve likely seen the story of how 21-year-old Rachel Borch fought off a rabid raccoon with her bare hands, a battle she ended up winning after drowning it in a puddle.

Woman attacked by rabid raccoon unwittingly brings out the best of Maine

on June 17, 2017, at 7:36 a.m.
Borch’s story captivated the nation, and it’s a perfect example of how interesting it is to live in Maine.
The Maine State Prison in Warren

Prisons are largely unaccountable under LePage. Lawmakers can respond by strengthening oversight.

on June 16, 2017, at 10:23 a.m.
In March, Corrections Commissioner Joseph Fitzpatrick put the administrator of the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland on leave without explanation.
Literary support specialist Ellen Lewis works with students in an entry hall at Harrison Lyseth Elementary School in Portland in September 2016.

Maine’s budget doesn’t have to pit schools against health and human services

on June 15, 2017, at 2:48 p.m.
Technically, this means that Democratic leadership and Senate Republican leadership are only $25 million apart, a tiny number in a two-year budget that will total close to $7 billion.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is rushing a health insurance overhaul bill through the Senate.

The three pillars of Republican health care reform: sabotage, speed, secrecy

on June 14, 2017, at 9:41 a.m.
Secrecy breeds suspicion, so there is good reason to be very suspicious of a health care bill crafted by the Senate’s Republican leaders.
A scenic view at the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

Visit should convince interior secretary that monument is welcome addition to Maine, America

on June 13, 2017, at 11:29 a.m.
Zinke must meet with local business owners and residents, who will explain that the monument has already had a tangible positive impact on the Katahdin region.
Long Creek Youth Development Center on Westbrook Street in South Portland.

Maine has strong prison oversight laws. Lawmakers and correctional leaders should follow them.

on June 12, 2017, at 12:19 p.m.
The LePage administration’s Department of Corrections has not given the public good reason to trust it lately.
A Maine barn fitted with a 12kw solar power generation system.

Maine is on a disastrous path — if it ever wants to benefit from solar energy

on June 10, 2017, at 12:54 p.m.
Maine lawmakers need to fix rules for small-scale solar generation.
Jaritza Arleen Abreu rushes to hug former Vice President Joseph R. Biden before receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Colby College.

How two Maine graduation speakers communicated their optimism in a discouraging world

on June 09, 2017, at 9:56 a.m.
“[T]he world is changing so rapidly, there are a lot of folks out there who are afraid,” Joe Biden told graduates at Colby College earlier this spring.
Robin Spielmann, left, a second-year pharmacy student from Indiana, and Krystal Lacombe, right, a fourth-year pharmacy student from Winslow, Maine, extract RNA as part of their research at the University of New England's Genomics, Analytics and Proteomics core facility in Portland on May 15, 2012.

Yes on Question 1: A needed investment in research and innovation in Maine

on June 08, 2017, at 11:10 a.m.
Maine has woefully underfunded research and development for decades, lagging most other states. Question 1 is an important step in getting Maine back on track.
Caption Workmen work on 24-unit Avesta Housing project site in Gorham in February 2016. In 2015, Avesta saw a 36 percent increase in housing requests coming from senior households.

Maine seniors need affordable housing. House Republicans shouldn’t stand in the way.

on June 07, 2017, at 1:29 p.m.
In the first four months of this year, Avesta Housing received more than 400 requests for affordable senior housing. It was able to fulfill just 38 of them. Lawmakers have an opportunity — for a second time — to ease this problem.
Debate over school funding has slowed budget negotiations in Augusta.

Lawmakers need a viable way to complete the job voters gave them

on June 06, 2017, at 10:19 a.m.
Time is short, but compromise is surely possible. It is also necessary.
This quilt, made by students at Wallagrass Elementary School after domestic violence prevention education by the Hope and Justice Project, was featured at an exhibit at the University of Maine at Fort Kent's Blake Library Gallery.

Maine lawmakers smartly nix bizarre bill from LePage

on June 05, 2017, at 11:57 a.m.
The lawmakers on the Criminal Justice Committee smartly killed LD 1606 before it saw too much daylight, but it’s unfortunate they had to spend any time on the matter at all.
Former Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew.

It’s easy to see through Mary Mayhew’s deception on what helps Maine’s poorest

on June 03, 2017, at 6 a.m.
A family that was struggling enough to rely on TANF in the first place was still struggling without the help of TANF after the state cut off the family’s benefits.
U.S. President Donald Trump refers to amounts of temperature change as he announces his decision that the United States will withdraw from the landmark Paris Climate Agreement, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

With Trump announcement, America becomes a climate change pariah

on June 02, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Even among those who voted for Trump, far more believe the U.S. should participate in the Paris agreement than oppose it.
A late night Tweet is seen from the personal Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump, May 31, 2017. The Tweet reads, "Despite the constant negative press covfefe."

Less covfefe, more leadership needed from President Trump

on June 01, 2017, at 12:02 p.m.
We need less covfefe and more civility and genuine leadership from the White House.